By Pastor Randy Royston
Break free from anything and everything that is holding you back from living out God's plan and purpose for your life!
Gleaning from over forty years of ministry experience you will discover insights and answers that will help to proceed and succeed so you can have a fulfilling life. Getting right to the heart of how to break the power of the enemy over the life of a believer. Actual experiences and powerful prayers are shared that have healed the broken hearted and set the captives free.
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by Maggie Hoggard, Fruit of Agape Community Transformations.
In "Breaking the Gates: So You Can Succeed and Proceed," senior pastor, life coach, and author Randy L. Royston uses the metaphor of gates to provide some practical strategies for living intentionally and successfully according to biblical teachings. This plan for discipleship in Christ explores the literal and figurative functions of gates as they are portrayed throughout Scripture. Each chapter relates to practices that lead to or impede mindful Christian living. Rev. Royston notes that followers of Christ encounter many gates in different areas of life, and guidance from the Holy Spirit will help discern which should be entered, as well as those that should be avoided. He describes areas where repentance (turning away from sin) is necessary, but also includes gates that can guide Christians to flourish in their walk with Jesus.
From a biblical worldview, Rev. Royston’s description of the three types of gates in the Bible connect some complex theological elements with practical ways to exercise Christian thought, faith, action, and control. The first type of gate, “a place to meet,” refers to “a point of reference, a place where position or authority can be established.” This signifies that Christians must discern whether what they meet has been “established by God for your benefit,” so they can remain under His protection, or by another authority that will lead them to harmful outcomes. The second type of gate is “a place of control,” and Rev. Royston stressed that Christians need to take steps so that “the enemy is no longer in possession or in control of any gate.” The final type of gate in Scripture is “a place where legal agreements are made.” These represent “gates...that need to be revisited and reinforced” because they represent areas of life where “there have been legal, binding transactions made between you and God.”
While Rev. Royston’s explanation of gates would be useful as a foundation for effective decision making, applying his approach requires a strong commitment to making choices based on biblical knowledge, prayer and reflection, and growth of character. As well, his approach to intentional living and life planning will be more understandable for Christians who have a firm grasp of spiritual warfare along with their willingness to obey God. Resources for Christian life planning, the support of a minister and faith community, and perhaps the guidance of a life coach would strengthen followers of Christ as they consider gates on their journey. This book has value as a practical guide for new Christians, but it can also lead maturing Christians to a deeper application of faith in their lives. Rev. Royston includes narrative examples, biblical passages, action steps, and model prayers throughout this highly readable text.
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By Pastor Randy Royston
Nobody aspires to become a murderer, an addict or a victim of abuse. We don’t expect our marriages to end. We don’t imagine our children will die. But these things happen. Every day. To people all around us.
Broken hopes, dreams and promises can be devastating. The stories in this book offer remarkable accounts of real people right here in Charlotte, Michigan, who experienced heartache, pain and loss – and then overcame setbacks and hardships to live with real meaning, purpose and joy.
Learn from these amazing people the secrets that brought about their breakthroughs. Learn how they rediscovered hope and transformed their lives. Be inspired that you, too, can find HOPE for tomorrow!
This book is a compilation of authentic life stories. The facts are true, and the events are real. The storytellers have dealt with crisis, tragedy, abuse and neglect and have shared their most private moments, mess-ups and hang-ups in order for others to learn and grow from them. In order to protect the identities of those involved in their pasts, the names and details of some storytellers have been withheld or changed.
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by Pastor Randy Royston
January 4, 2022
I know that January 1 is just another day on the calendar but there is something to the idea of a new year, a new beginning. You have probably heard the saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” I think it is good to begin the new year with the thought of it being a new beginning. How many of us would like the opportunity to start over, begin again or at least go forward knowing more than when we first started?
A new year is an excellent time to readjust our goals and priorities. To take inventory of where we have been and where we want to go. I find great comfort in knowing that God knows my past, my present and my future. In Isaiah 43:18-19 God is speaking to the nation of Israel during a very discouraging time in their history. Listen to what God says, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
God wants us to know that the past year is over. You can’t go back to change anything. But there is a new thing, a new year, a new day that is coming. God is still in charge and that if you are willing to follow Him you will see His hand at work. God uses the picture of a road appearing in the wilderness and a river in the desert. Neither one of these things usually happen on their own. Your future can include the hand of God moving before you. I encourage you to begin this year, in fact begin every day by acknowledging you are totally dependent on God to lead you, guide you and strengthen you for all that lies ahead. Each day is a new beginning, begin it with God.
2. Am I effectively proclaiming the gospel, the good news of who Jesus is and how God desires each person to personally believe and accept Him as Savior and Lord. My goal is to preach/teach so that lives can be transformed by the power of God.
3. Seeing people who are hurting, searching for meaning and purpose yet they are not committed to attending church or living for Christ. They are trying all the world has to offer and still come up empty. What an amazing experience it is when you see someone’s life changed because they were willing to call upon Jesus and admit they needed a Savior.
Do you think that this covid vaccine or a similar vaccine could be the mark of the beast?
The mark of the beast is mentioned in Revelation 13:16-18. It will be a mark that will be required in order to buy or sell anything. Several states and some countries are beginning to require proof of the vaccine to enter different business places or to return to work. Our government just tried to have a vaccine mandate implemented for all business places that employ 100 or more people. The Supreme Court struck it down. This vaccine is not the mark of the beast. It is a good practice run on how to mandate everyone to obey if they want to work or buy goods or services but it is not the mark of the beast. This mark will not be enforced until after the rapture of the church. Every believer will be taken to be with Christ and then this world will enter into the Great Tribulation. It is during this terrible time on earth that this mark of the beast will be enforced. Those who refuse to worship this beast will be killed. We are not there yet, but we are very close!
When the family asks a Christian pastor to officiate at a funeral, it is expected that the pastor will “preach” or share the gospel. Often I have been asked to share a very clear and soul searching gospel message around the life story of the deceased. The reality of death and then of an everlasting life in either heaven or hell is a message that needs to be faced. When the deceased was a true believer and follower of Jesus Christ the funeral message is one of hope. When the deceased lived a life apart from Christ the message may be more of a reminder that every person will one day give an account of the life they lived. Each family can ask a pastor to share more or less of the gospel but a Christian pastor needs to be true to his calling.
It was the love of God that caused Jesus to come and die on the cross to take the penalty and guilt of our sins upon Himself. It is because of sin that you are condemned already and headed to hell. God does not want you to die in your sins but has provided you with a Savior. The Bible says that “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” God is not sending people to hell, people are already headed there because of sin and unbelief. God’s love has provided a way of escape through believing and receiving Jesus Christ as Savior. Read John 3:16-19, John 3:36, John 14:6.
This topic has been around for awhile but it has gained momentum lately with this new "WOKE" movement. There are many different views on what Critical Race Theory (CRT) actually is but it seems to emphasize that everything needs to be viewed through the lens of race with the focal point being white versus people of color. Another major point seems to be that there is no such thing as objective truth, in other words what is true for you may not be true for me. CRT is not very compatible with Christian Biblical Teaching. The Bible, does not pit one color or tribe or nation against another but proclaims that all men are of one blood and there is really only one race, the human race. There is objective truth, truth that is true no matter if I want to believe or accept it or not. I do not believe that CRT should be taught to our children.
This statue was installed in December 2021 and is said to be “a guardian of international peace and safety.” The combination of the location, the image and the description has caught the attention of some Christians. The creators of this statue may or may not have known of the Biblical prophetic reference. What we do know is that we are living and seeing many end time prophecies being fulfilled or things happening that is preparing for end time events as told in the Bible. The “rapture” of those who have been born again is the next major event that could happen at any moment. Daniel 7; First Thessalonians 4; Revelation 13.
Six Reasons I Don't Need Church
~ MOST CHURCHES ARE FILLED WITH HYPOCRITES
~ MOST CHURCHES ONLY WANT YOUR MONEY
~ THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE THAT GO TO CHURCH THAT LIVE WORSE LIVES THAN I DO
~ MOST CHURCHES FEEL THEY ARE THE ONLY ONE THAT IS RIGHT
~ MOST CHURCHES SAY THEY CARE BUT THEY NEVER SHOW IT
~ THE CHURCH HAS NEVER DONE ANYTHING FOR ME
If you’re like most people I know, you probably agree with most of the reasons I gave for not needing church. In fact, you probably have a few more reasons that could be added.
For years every time someone approached me about going to church my response was basically the same. I would blast them with my six reasons and then this church person would leave me alone. I found out that most church people had no good reply to my reasons of why I did not need church.
There was this one church person named Michele. Let me tell you about her. I had known Michele for four years and during that time she had always been faithfully attending church every Sunday. From time to time she would ask me to come and visit her church or to come and attend some special event or meeting that her church was sponsoring. I usually responded by telling her that I was busy or that I had forgotten. But she just had to ask me one more time.
I didn’t want to hurt her feelings. Michele wasn’t what I considered to be your usual church person. She was cheerful, outgoing and most everybody seemed to enjoy being with her. She just had to ask me one more time if I would like to visit her church. I decided now was the time to blast her with my six reasons why I didn’t need church and then just like all the other church people she would leave me alone.
Much to my surprise, for everyone reason I gave her for not needing church, she agreed with me! As I went on down through my list, she was agreeing with me that each reason was a good reason for not needing church. I began to feel a little guilty. Personally, I didn’t need church but I never tried to talk someone who was going to church into quitting.
I had given her the first five reasons already so I thought why not give her my last reason. The church has never done anything for me. Again, Michele agreed with me. Then she simply asked, “What about Jesus?”
No one had ever said that before. They would talk about their church or about all the programs that they offered. “What about Jesus?” I asked.
Here is her reply. “Randy, every reason that you gave for not needing church is true. It is sad but often true. There are many people who attend church who act and talk one way on Sunday, but live quite differently the rest of the week. It is also true that many churches seem to always be making appeals for money. This often happens because the majority of people do not obey God and support God’s work with their tithes.
“It is also true that there are some churches who feel that only they are right. While some people stress the differences, most churches agree on about 98% of the fundamentals of the Christian faith. The Christian church as a whole has agreed that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Most charitable endeavors that are currently being done today are done by the Christian church.
“I am sure it is also true that no local church has ever done anything for you. But I want you to know, Jesus has!
“You see the true Church, according to God’s Word, is not a building, and organization, or even a denomination. The true Church is made up of people who have admitted they have sinned and have asked Jesus to be Lord and Savior of their life. These people are not perfect and they still make mistakes.”
After this, all my reasons, my excuses were no longer that important. This time I wasn’t turning away from a church. I had just been introduced to Jesus.
Deep in my heart I knew only Jesus could fill that void in my life.
What about you? After you list all your reasons, then answer this, “What about Jesus?”
How to become a Christian...
All of us have made mistakes and done things that we wished we had never done. There is only one man, Jesus, who lived a perfect and sinless life. No matter what you have done, Jesus wants to make you a new person. All you have to do is ask Him. Here are a few simple steps that lead to forgiveness and a new life. Knowing your sins are forgiving is as simple as these steps:
Admit that you have sinned. (1 John 1:9) “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. Sin keeps us apart from God but He loves everyone and wants us all to become members of His family (John 3:16)"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. The Bible says that we all have sinned (Romans 3:23) “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. The punishment for our sins is eternal separation from God and heaven (Romans 6:23) “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
Believe that Jesus is God’s Son. You must believe that Jesus is God’s Son and that He died to offer you forgiveness (1Peter 2:24) "Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed". He died on the cross for our sins (Romans 5:8)."But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us".
Confess your sins. You must be truly sorry for your sins, turn from them, and ask Jesus to forgive you (Acts 3:19) "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord". (John 1:12)"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name".
Are you ready to take the next step?
Pray this Prayer
Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner and I ask You to forgive me. Forgive me and make me a new person. I believe You died on the Cross to pay the penalty for my sin. I invite You to come into my heart and into my life. By faith, I receive You as my Savior and I place my life in Your hands. Thank You that You died to give me the gift of eternal life. Thank You that according to Your Word You have come in and made me Your child. Jesus, help me to live the rest of my life to please You. Amen.
Fasting is not just for the beginning of the year. Commit to fasting, prayer and giving throughout the year and watch as God releases His hand of blessing over your entire year. Make fasting a regular part of your life and see how He supernaturally opens doors for you.
If you are beginning a private fast or fasting corporately as we do each year at Charlotte New Hope Community Church, I believe you will find these tips helpful.
- Full Fast
- Daniel Fast
- 3-Day Fast
- Partial Fast
Target Your Prayers
- Transformed Lives
- Burdens Lifted
Seek the Lord in prayer and let your decisions about your biblical fasting come from Him. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer. We believe that, as we pray and seek God and give Him our best at the first of the year, He will bless our ENTIRE year!
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?”
21 Days of Scripture & Prayer
THE HOLY SPIRIT LEADS ME INTO ALL TRUTH. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” JOHN 16:13
I WILL ASK IN JESUS’ NAME AND IN RECEIVING, MY JOY WILL BE MADE FULL. “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” JOHN 16:24
I AM LED BY THE SPIRIT. “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” GALATIANS 5:18
I AM FULLY CONVINCED THAT GOD IS ABLE TO FULFILL HIS PROMISES. “And being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” ROMANS 4:21
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MY COMFORTER AND HELPER. “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I depart, I will send Him to you.” JOHN 16:7
I WILL ASK IN FAITH, WITHOUT DOUBTING. “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” JAMES 1:6
MY BODY IS A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” 1 CORINTHIANS 6:19
I WILL DELIGHT MYSELF IN THE LORD, AND HE WILL GIVE ME THE DESIRES OF MY HEART. “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” PSALMS 37:4
THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES ME POWER TO WITNESS. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” ACTS 1:8
I WILL WATCH AND PRAY, SO THAT I DO NOT ENTER INTO TEMPTATION. “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” MATTHEW 26:41
I WILL WALK IN THE SPIRIT AND NOT FULFILL THE LUST OF THE FLESH. “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” GALATIANS 5:16-17
IN ALL MY WAYS, I WILL ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND HE WILL DIRECT MY PATH. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” PROVERBS 3:6
THE HOLY SPIRIT INTERCEDES FOR ME ACCORDING TO GOD’S WILL. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” ROMANS 8:26-27
I WILL SEEK HIM AND FIND HIM WHEN I SEARCH FOR HIM WITH ALL MY HEART. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” JEREMIAH 29:13
JESUS CAN HEAL EVERY SICKNESS AND DISEASE. “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” MATTHEW 9:35
I HAVE HIDDEN GOD’S WORD IN MY HEART, THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST HIM. “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.” PSALMS 119:11
GOD FORGIVES ALL MY INIQUITIES AND HEALS ALL MY DISEASES. “Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.” PSALMS 103:3
HEAVEN AND EARTH WILL PASS AWAY, BUT HIS WORD STANDS FOREVER. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” MATTHEW 24:35
THE PRAYER OF FAITH WILL SAVE THE SICK, AND THE LORD WILL RAISE THEM UP. “And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” JAMES 5:15
THE WORD IS LIVING AND ACTIVE. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” HEBREWS 4:12
HE LAID HIS HANDS ON EVERY ONE OF THEM AND HEALED THEM. “When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him, and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.” LUKE 4:40
ALL SCRIPTURE IS PROFITABLE FOR TEACHING, REPROOF, CORRECTION, AND INSTRUCTION. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17
BY HIS STRIPES, WE ARE HEALED. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” ISAIAH 53:5
BY HIS WORDS, I CAN SEE WHERE I AM GOING. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” PSALMS 119:105
JESUS TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND BORE OUR SICKNESS. “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” MATTHEW 8:16-17
I LOVE JESUS. THEREFORE, I KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” JOHN 14:15
I WILL INVEST IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD. “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” MATTHEW 6:20-21
I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” PHILIPPIANS 4:13
MY FIRST FINANCIAL PRIORITY IS TO HONOR THE LORD. “Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase, So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.” PROVERBS 3:9-10
THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND SALVATION; I WILL FEAR NO ONE. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” PSALMS 27:1
I WILL BE A TRUSTWORTHY AND HONEST STEWARD OF MY FINANCES. “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore, if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” LUKE 16:10-11
I HAVE AUTHORITY TO DEFEAT THE ENEMY AND NOTHING WILL HURT ME. “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” LUKE 10:19
I WILL GIVE MONEY AS AN ACT OF WORSHIP “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” LUKE 6:38
I AM MORE THAN A CONQUEROR THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” ROMANS 8:37
I WILL GIVE TEN PERCENT OF MY TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME TO THE LOCAL CHURCH. “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” MALACHI 3:10
HE WHO IS IN ME IS GREATER THAN HE WHO IS IN THE WORLD. “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 JOHN 4:4
GOD’S GENEROSITY WILL FLOW THROUGH ME. “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 PETER 4:10
NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER. “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord.” ISAIAH 54:17
I AM CALLED AND CHOSEN BY GOD. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” JOHN 15:16
THE LORD IS MY REFUGE AND STRENGTH, A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah.” PSALMS 46:1-3
I AM THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21